Importance of Mosses

Sphagnum moss has high water-holding capacity

Used in floriculture for shipping plants, and for potting media
Mosses in the environment are important in soil formation. One of the first types of organisms to colonize new surfaces. Trap organic matter and soil and help other plants invade new areas.

Major component of gardens in Asian cultures.

Importance of Ferns

Significant portion of forest understory habitats occupied by ferns -- tolerate low light environments

Economically important in the floriculture industry

Potted plants
Landscape horticulture
Flower arrangements

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